Tayiona Sanangurai

Zimbabwe, African Region

Tayiona Sanangurai currently leads a youth network in Zimbabwe of youth groups that work and live in marginalised communities and is the chairperson of Institute for Young Women’s Development. In 2011 he was voted number 29, under the 100 most influential young people under 40 years in Zimbabwe. His goal is to reach out and touch the lives of young people and has been, for the past 8 years, working to achieve this goal.

Tayiona has worked significantly in areas of HIV and AIDS, Gender, Human rights and Conflict transformation. He has helped develop a Masculinity manual for training young men to be involved in the fight for gender justice. Working on how homelessness affects young people and prevents them from moving forward, with support from UNHABITAT urban youth fund, he pioneered the development of a seven point manifesto on ending homelessness, in addition to this he further spearheaded the development of a local government reader to help young people understand how local government works and how to participate in building local democracy. He has also worked with young people in peace building programmes, focusing on how young people can be active change agents in building a violent free environment. Together with other young people in the SADC region Tayiona spearheaded the collection of 40, 000 youth concerns from six countries which were presented at a regional youth hearing. He spearheaded the formation of a SADC youth movement called Youth for Solidarity Movement whose aim is to advocate for the rights of young people in the SADC region.

He has also been influential in advocating for more meaningful involvement of young people in the UN system a fight which has been taken up by UNHABITAT and has to some extent led to the Youth 21 Agenda. He has facilitated the training of young people in social media and provided them with smart phones so that they can be effective. This has led to young people in slum communities creating a facebook page for their community which has been instrumental in information sharing and shooting down assumptions and stereotypes that social media is inaccessible to such communities. The network has also held online campaigns like Love Peace, Love Zimbabwe. Tayiona has experience in translating online campaign into offline action.